Serve up this creamy baked Tomato Goat Cheese Dip with bread, crackers or pita for a unique, fresh twist on cheese dip!
Serve up this creamy baked Tomato Goat Cheese Dip with bread, crackers or pita for a unique, fresh twist on dip!
You could also bake this and then stir it into pasta to enjoy it as an entree!
Not only is this tangy baked dip perfect during the holiday season. I mean, who doesn't want a creamy baked cheese dip on a party appetizer table? But, this cheesy dip is also great in the summer when fresh cherry tomatoes are in abundance!
When I entertain, I tend to serve up tons and tons of appetizers and finger foods in place of big heavy entrees. Appetizers have always been my favorite part of a meal anyway so maybe it's just the kid in me avoiding my dinner. Either way, it's my party and I'll do with it what I want! Heck, you could really go nuts and serve this dip as a lazy dinner with a salad on the side and big chunks of bread. Too much?
This creamy dip is obviously super tasty and amazing as is but if you'd like to make some change ups, here are some great substitutions or additions you could try.
- Flavored Goat Cheese - Some options I've seen that would work well would be herbed goat cheese, red pepper jelly goat cheese, everything goat cheese, tomato basil goat cheese and four pepper goat cheese
- Sun-Dried Tomatoes
- Ricotta Cheese
- Balsamic Vinegar glaze
First, heat oil & tomatoes in a skillet and once softened, add garlic, dry Italian seasoning, salt & pepper.
Next, place tomato mixture over goat cheese in a baking dish and bake for 15 minutes.
Then, once dip comes out of the oven, sprinkle fresh parmesan cheese and basil over the top.
Serve warm with crackers and/or bread.
If you really want to give this dip a little something extra, drizzle a balsamic glaze over the dip or along side dip when serving. The glaze is definitely not necessary but it does give the dip a bit of a caprese feel, so if you like that, you should give it a try. Anything tomato basil always goes well with balsamic vinegar / glaze.
Speaking of caprese, have you tried my Eggplant Caprese yet?
While I wouldn't go so far as to say this cheese dip is healthy there are some health benefits involved.
Nutritional Benefits of Tomatoes: good source of potassium, vitamins A, C & K
Nutritional Benefits of Goat Cheese: high concentration of protein, calcium & vitamin D
See what I did there? I made it A-Okay to eat a totally ridiculously delicious dip. You are so very welcome. Enjoy.
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- Savory Zucchini Bread
- Sweet Summer Corn Fritters
Tomato Goat Cheese Dip
- 2 Tablespoon olive oil
- 12 ounces cherry tomatoes about 30 or so tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dry Italian seasoning
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ¼ teaspoon salt kosher
- ⅛ teaspoon coarse black pepper freshly cracked
- 8 ounce goat cheese log
- ¼ Cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
- 1-2 basil leaves chiffonade
- non-stick spray
- balsamic glaze
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Place oil and tomatoes in a skillet over medium heat. Keep over heat, shaking the pan every couple of minutes until tomatoes are beginning to soften. Just as tomatoes start to soften, stir in garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook 1 minute more. Remove from heat.
- Lightly spray a small baking dish with non-stick spray. Roughly cut goat cheese into slices and place in prepared baking pan. It's okay if it crumbles. Spoon tomato mixture over the goat cheese. Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes.
- Once out of the oven sprinkle with parmesan cheese & basil. Serve while warm with crackers and/or bread slices.
- Drizzle balsamic glaze over top prior to serving.
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